Gaiduchik Orthodontics

How Long Will My Child Need to Wear Braces?

Nov 07, 2023
How Long Will My Child Need to Wear Braces?
Since most people aren’t born with perfectly straight teeth, braces are usually a matter of when not if. When your child gets braces, you both want to know when the treatment will end. Here are the factors that influence the treatment duration.

Getting braces is almost a rite of passage, and most kids and teens can benefit from some type of orthodontic treatment. However, even though the treatment does wonders for their bite and smile, they still want to complete the process as quickly as possible and are eager to know when it will end. 

We understand. Dr. Andrey Gaiduchik and our Gaiduchik Orthodontics team treat teens and adults throughout Carmichael, California, and just about everyone asks this same question: How long do I need to wear braces?

The answer isn’t easy because each treatment is highly individualized, and several variables affect the timeline. This guide explains the factors that influence your treatment time.

Types of braces and how they affect treatment time

Gaiduchik Orthodontics offers several braces and braces alternatives, each with unique advantages and features that could impact your treatment timeline.

Traditional braces

Traditional braces are the metal braces most people are familiar with. They’re durable and effective in treating many dental issues, but they are also the most visible type.

Treatment length: Traditional braces take an average of 25 months.

Clear braces

Clear braces work the same way as traditional braces but are made with clear or tooth-colored brackets, making them less noticeable.


Treatment length: Clear braces take an average of 24 months.

Clear aligners

Clear aligners are virtually invisible and can be removed for eating and cleaning. They’re best suited for mild-to-moderate dental issues and for kids who are responsible enough to keep them in for at least 22 hours daily.

Treatment length: Clear aligners typically take 6-24 months.

Self-ligating braces

Self-ligating braces use a specialized clip instead of elastics to help the archwire guide your teeth into place. They require fewer adjustments, potentially reducing overall treatment time.

Treatment length: Self-ligating braces take 4-24 months.

Your choice of orthodontic treatment type influences the duration, but remember that every child's situation is unique. The severity of dental issues and your child's age also significantly determine treatment length.

Factors influencing how long you’ll wear your braces

Your child’s orthodontic treatment can last between one to three years. However, this timeframe can vary significantly based on several factors:


Treatment often takes less time in younger patients because their jaws are still growing, and their teeth move more easily.

The severity of the dental issues

More complex problems generally require a longer treatment time.

Dental hygiene

Good oral hygiene can help keep your treatment on track, while poor hygiene can lead to complications that extend the treatment duration.

Supporting your child through orthodontic treatment

Having braces can be challenging for your child, especially in the beginning. Here are some ways to support them and ensure they don’t develop habits that could extend their treatment time.

Encourage good oral hygiene

Regular brushing and flossing are essential when wearing braces. Invest in special cleaning tools designed for braces if necessary.

Provide a braces-friendly diet

Certain foods, like hard candies and popcorn, can damage braces. Encourage your child to eat softer foods and cut fruits and veggies into small pieces.

Reassure them about their appearance

Your child may feel self-conscious about their braces. Remind them that many people go through this and are on their way to a beautiful smile.

Visit Gaiduchik Orthodontics to learn more about our various treatments. Call or click to request an appointment.